Our International History
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science for the past half century has established a thriving multiethnic and culturally diverse faculty and student body locally and abroad. Faculty and students serve on international, national and local health representative boards. After the establishment of the Intern and Residency Program at Martin Luther King Jr. Country Hospital in 1979, the establishment and operation of the International Health Programs Department was enacted the same year. By 1989, the international community at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science was well established working with institutions in Africa, North America, South America and Europe. CDU provided technical assistance with health education, patient care delivery services and research activities in many sites, include: Kenya, Zaire, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Uganda, Peru, Nigeria, Cameroon, Namibia, Angola, Belize, Rwanda and Jamaica.
CDU continues to target a variety of public health issues including chronic disease morbidity and mortality, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, disaster preparedness, public health systems & community medicine planning, systems quality control and evaluation, and health information systems & technology, leadership, and culturally competency at sites throughout the world.